Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Creating Baby-Friendly Communities in Illinois

Friday - Jan 30, 2015

Strategies for Successful Collaboration between Hospitals and Local Health Departments.

We Choose Health Sites Engaged in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

The goal of Illinois' We Choose Health Baby-Friendly Hospital project was to increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the state, and in doing so, foster partnerships between each hospital and its local health department. From September 2012 through September 2014, fifteen hospitals and twelve local health departments participated in the Baby-Friendly Hospital project, part of the Illinois Department of Public Health's We Choose Health Initiative, which was made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The collaboration between the hospitals and their local health departments was an effort to create not only a Baby-Friendly hospital, but also to build a Baby-Friendly community that would better support breastfeeding families.

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